Paolo Cirio

Monitoring Control


Combining art and activism, semiotics and capitalism, art and finance, control and subversion, Monitoring Control by Paolo Cirio represents a critique of the social manipulation imposed by new technologies, while examining the counter-control that individuals can implement to dismantle these forces, sabotage them, and protect themselves.

The book presents a collection of ten texts by Paolo Cirio, artist, hacktivist, one of the most attentive investigators in the artistic field of the effects of the information society. With a text by Bruce Sterling and a conversation between Christian Marazzi, Marco Scotini, and Paolo Cirio himself, it gives visual and verbal form to all the forces that control our existence: new media such as Instagram, Facebook, mugshot websites, Google Street View, etc., highlighting the overt yet covert ways in which these tools control our daily activities and lives.

The volume is accompanied by a gallery of images representing some of the thousands of patents of algorithms collected by Cirio on the web to highlight the tools used on the Internet and by artificial intelligence for surveillance and social manipulation.

Often with highly controversial interventions, Paolo Cirio’s work tries to bring to the surface all the darkest aspects of what is increasingly becoming a society of control. Instead of a passive vision, influenced by external agents that manipulate our perceptions, what he proposes is an “evidential realism,” within which objects, facts, and events are able to speak for themselves and are not subject to the manipulations and misinterpretations of the filters that our society (digital and otherwise) daily imposes on us. His proactive approach leads him to range from illegal actions to proposing new legal regulations on complex economic, technological, and political systems, exposing evidence through hacks and investigations that ultimately take the form of sophisticated media art.

The volume was published on the occasion of the homonymous exhibition by Paolo Cirio, held at Palazzina dei Giardini della Fondazione Modena Arti Visive.

  • 11 x 17 cm
  • 152
  • EN
  • 2022
  • 978-88-8056-156-9